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Top 10 tips for green living

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Most people believe it’s time consuming and costly to live green, but in reality by practicing small habits you can reduce your energy consumption and begin your path to green living. Below are 10 green living tips that you easily integrating into your life.

  1. Wash your clothes in cold water. According to Energy Star, almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes to heating water. Switching from hot or warm water to cold water washing saves that energy.
  2. Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer. Most of us use laptops, but did you know a laptop uses just a quarter of the power required by a desktop computer.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the proper use of a programmable thermostat can cut heating and cooling bills by 5% -20%. Installing a programmable thermostat can also yield an average yearly savings $131.
  4. Unplug electronics and turn off lights. The average American home contains two televisions, a VCR and/or DVD player and three phones. These home electronics can use more energy than you think. As you replace existing equipment, look for Energy Star models that help reduce carbon emissions.
  5. Vacuum regularly. Carpeting acts as a collector for toxins tracked into the home and those released from indoor sources, such as lead-based paint dust. It also harbors dust mites and other allergens. Reduce this hazard with a weekly vacuuming schedule.
  6. Buy perfume products. Look for products free of added perfumes. Many scented products contain chemicals that can affects indoor air quality and irritate the skin and lungs.
  7. Replace your regular light bulbs with CFL’s. CFL’s can use about 75% less energy than an incandescent light bulb and last 10 times longer.
  8. Use ceiling fans instead of A/C central air. According to Energy.gov, ceiling fans are considered the most effective of fan because they effectively circulate the air in a room to create a draft throughout the room.
  9. Wrap up your water heater. According to the U.S.Department of Energy, water heating is responsible for 13%-15% of your home’s total energy use and by wrapping it you can save up to 5% on your water heating cost.
  10. Seal air leaks in your home. Between 15 to 35 percent of the energy used to cool and heat a home lost due to leaks throughout the home. By sealing these air leaks, which includes wall power sockets you can save up to 35% of your yearly cooling and heating costs.

By following these tips you'll be on your way to healthy green living.

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